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Cheapest Cars to Repair and Maintain

March 16, 2017

This week, I wanted to alert you to a new study done by RepairPal.com, showing the cheapest and most expensive cars to repair and maintain, based on actual repair and maintenance data compiled by the service.

For example, when looking at small cars, the Toyota Corolla is expected to have $341 in annual repair and maintenance costs, while the Volkswagen Golf GTI will have double that - $760.

See below for the cheapest and most expensive cars by category.

Cheapest to Repair & Maintain

CategoryVehicleRepairPal ScoreAverage Annual Cost
Small carsToyota Corolla21$341
SedansHonda Accord21$351
Sports CarsFord Mustang27$454
Compact SUVHonda CR-V22$385
Full-Size SUVNissan Pathfinder24$406
MinivanHonda Odyssey24$403
Pickup TruckToyota Tacoma23$398

Most Expensive to Repair & Maintain

CategoryVehicleRepairPal ScoreAverage Annual Cost
Small CarsVolkswagen Golf GTI43$760
SedansMercedes C30068$1,094
Sports CarsMercedes SL63 AMG85$1,962
Compact SUVPorsche Cayenne72$1,200
Full-size SUVMercedes GLS6385$2,009
MinivanKia Sedona26$455
Pickup TruckRam 350073$1,244

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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